Monthly Archives: February 2010

Berlin’s Ruetli School – Campus of Hope

In February of 2006, at Berlin’s Ruetli School ,students erupted into a violent mob after teachers of the school wrote a letter in protest of their students’ lack of concern for academics and their dangerous behavior towards educators.  Now, four years later, … Continue reading

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Too Left for Germany

Jannine Menger Hamilton is an immigrant who was raised and educated in Germany. Hamilton appears to be the star example of successful integration and yet she is being denied naturalization because she is a member of a leftist party which … Continue reading

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Terror Victims Want to Hold Syrian Artwork Hostage

In 1983, the bombing of a French cultural center in West Berlin injured 23 people and killed one. The perpetrators, an international terrorist group, were believed to have been aided by Syrian intelligence as well as the East German secret … Continue reading

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Possibility of “Nazi College” in Trebnitz?

Two prominent figures in the German Neo-Nazi movement, Thomas Wulff and Axel Schunk, recently purchased the decaying Trebnitz palace in an East German village, also named Trebnitz, located 20 miles southwest of Leipzig.  While regional authorities worried that the manor … Continue reading

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Halal Burgers: Discrimination Against Non-Muslims?

French mayor René Vandierendonck protested against his local Quick outlet by filing charges against the fast food chain, claiming that its decision to replace its bacon burgers with halal burgers is prejudicial religious catering that discriminates against non-Muslim customers. Though he … Continue reading

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MiGAZIN (Migration in Germany)

“Migration in Germany” is a website dedicated to posting articles concerning foreign migrants in Germany. The website hosts a variety of articles that discuss topics ranging from politics to economics to human rights to culture and society all with an … Continue reading

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Der Integrator Alparslan Marx

The article “Der Integrator Alparslan Marx” is a short overview of the German born, ethnically Turkish, political cabaret artist Alparslan Marx. The self-named ‘Integrator’ is a rising cabaret star whose show, entitled “Alles wird gut” (“Everything will be ok”), focuses … Continue reading

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Dresden Stands Up Against Neo-Nazi Activity

Full Story Here On Saturday, February 13th, the day Dresden was bombed by the Allied Forces in 1945, more than 10,000 residents of the city of Dresden stood together to form a human chain, blocking the movement of a Neo-Nazi … Continue reading

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German authorities arrest suspected Islamist fundraisers

German police arrested two men, and one woman for allegedly sending money to the Islamic Jihad Union. The Jihad Union is suspected of planning to carry out terrorist attacks on various German targets. One man, and the women were arrested … Continue reading

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Google Books versus Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek

Taking after Google Books, the German Digital Library (Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek) has sought to digitize books, magazines, photographs and films in an attempt to alleviate the presence of a private corporation heading the culmination and cultivation of culture.  Running behind … Continue reading

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At Home Abroad: German Film and Migration – A History of Perception

This website dedicates a page to the history of German migration through cinema.  German Films provides a look at how foreigners have shaped German cinema through the decades, and yields excellent examples of German films that address the shift in … Continue reading

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Immigration and Economy in Europe

In Stephan Theil’s “The Incredible Shrinking Continent,” he writes that though immigrants are being scapegoated for the economic crises in Europe they are actually necessary for future economic growth. Immigration is inevitable, so Europe should accept the influx and use … Continue reading

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Asia at the Berlinale

Asia has a strong presence at the 60th annual Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival).  As this article shows, Asian films will be both opening and closing the festival, with roughly two dozen more shown in between. I find this article … Continue reading

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Study reveals a steep rise in German poverty levels

The rise in the number of people at risk of living in poverty in Germany is nevertheless a cause for alarm, now 14% of the population. As the economic status of people are constantly dropping, there is always the possibility … Continue reading

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Fashion labels worn by Europe’s skinheads restore their reputation

Labels such as Fred Perry, Ben Sherman,Doc Marten and Lonsdale have long been recognized as the favored uniform of skinheads and neo-Nazis alike but recently this trend is fading. Because the German government has been enforcing stricter laws on symbolism … Continue reading

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Dresden’s ‘Civil Courage’: A City Mobilizes Against Neo-Nazis

“A city mobilizes against Neo-Nazis,” as the article’s title suggests; more than 10,000 people came out to protest against right wing extremism on a day that brings remembrance of Germany’s Nazi past. On 13 February 1945, Britain and the US … Continue reading

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German rapper Bushido tones down vile rhetoric in image remake

Full Article Found Here Bushido is a Tunisian born immigrant with a German mother.  Many of his raps are grossly violent, sexual and explicit, and negatively direct threats to various ethnic group and homosexuals. One of his raps contains the … Continue reading

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Multiculturalism through the eyes of Anke

This sketch provides a bit of a comic relief in the midst of racist tensions of the topics brought up in the readings in “Germany in Transit”. Anke Engelke – a german comedian, plays a teacher, who is giving a … Continue reading

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Sahara Chronicles – Screening and Discussion with Ursula Biemann, Feb 23, 3:30-5:30 pm

“Sahara Chronicle (2006-2007) is a collection of short videos documenting the present sub-Saharan exodus towards Europe. The piece examines the politics of mobility and containment which lies at the heart of the current global geopolitics and takes a close look … Continue reading

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Dresden’s ‘Civil Courage’

This article, A City Mobilizes Against Neo-Nazis, also describes the events of February 13th, 2010 in Dresden, where counter-protesters clashed with and successfully prevented an extreme right-wing protest on the 65th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden. The article is … Continue reading

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